Galley Bay Resort & Spa

Antigua, Caribbean

Virgin rating

The hotel

Set on one of Antigua's many beautiful beaches, the Galley Bay Resort & Spa offers guests a fabulous combination of superior service, Caribbean cuisine and rustic luxury in a very natural setting. Much of the architecture here is inspired by the French artist Gauguin. The charming individual suites have their own splash pool and are surrounded by lush gardens and views of the lagoon. There are three excellent open-air restaurants, all beachfront, offering intimate, candlelit dining of excellent quality. Ismay's Restaurant offers a higher quality dining experience to be shared for that special occasion, whilst the more laid-back Barefoot Grill is a great place to enjoy a tasty quesadilla made with resort grown produce. At sunset, hors d'oeuvres are served at the bar which overlooks the sea from under its Tahitian-style roof. There are activities such as non-motorised water sports and a recently expanded gym, but reclining with a novel on the beachfront deck from the library is equally as popular.

Amenities

  • Bicycle Rental
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Tennis
  • Wheelchair access
  • Honeymoon
  • Wedding
  • Bar
  • Evening Entertainment
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Internet Access

Where is it

On a beautiful beach, adjacent to Hawsbill and Deep Bay. Transfer time from airport: 30 minutes.

Hotel information

98 rooms on 1 or 2 floors. All with balcony/terrace, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, coffee maker, safe, bathrobes and hairdryer. Deluxe Beachfront Rooms are on the upper floors, located right on the beach. Rooms are large and are well appointed with spacious bathrooms which have a walk-in double shower. Rooms sleep maximum 2 adults.

All Inclusive of: all meals, snacks and drinks by the glass (name-brand spirits, sparkling wine by the glass, Caribbean beers, tropical coolers and soft drinks, excludes bottled water). All activities and entertainment above unless otherwise stated. Restaurants open on rotation.

Superior Deluxe Beachfront Rooms are charming rooms on the ground floor, in the centre of the resort, with private patio located directly on the beach. Each with 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Gauguin Suites are situated on the edge of the bird sanctuary lagoon, just 50 yards from the beach and consist of two wooden cedar shingle roof rondovals with an enclosed large air conditioned sitting area joining the two. The suites have cool and modern white tile flooring with stone accents, plus their own private plunge pool, sleeping maximum 2 adults.

Premium Beachfront Suites are in 2-storey buildings, these have a bedroom and sunken living room with wet bar, huge bathroom with twin sinks, large bath and double walk-in shower, plus ocean views from the balcony or terrace, making these the largest and most luxurious option with iPod docking station, slippers and WiFi access. With 1 king-size bed, sleeping maximum 3 adults. A full-size rollaway bed is provided for Premium Beachfront Suites to allow for triple occupancy. These rooms have direct beach access on the ground floor only.

  • Book by 31 May 2024  to receive up to 15% off stays between 03 Jan 25'– 02 Jan '25. Terms and conditions apply. Blackout Dates apply. Applies to certain room types. 

3 restaurants and 1 beach grill: Sea Grape Restaurant (serves award-winning Euro-Caribbean cuisine; breakfast, lunch and dinner), Gauguin Restaurant (offers traditional local cuisine where you can dine in individual cabanas for romantic meals; lunch and dinner), Barefoot Grill (offers a relaxed and laid-back, beachside atmosphere, serving burgers and 'basket style' sandwiches such as the classic Cuban, all made using home-grown fruits, herbs and vegetables from the resort).For special occasions try Ismay's Restaurant* (International island flavours, open evenings only — a US$45 per person supplement applies, payable locally, subject to change). 4 bars: Teepee Bar, Lounge Bar, Gauguin Bar and Rum Shack Bar serving different rums from around the Caribbean and delicious curated rum cocktails. The coffee shop features specialty coffee, tea drinks and homemade pasties. All restaurants are beachfront. Restaurant hours and availability are subject to change. Restaurants open on a rotation basis due to season/occupancy.

Regular entertainment several nights a week. Weekly beach cinema.

Large freeform swimming pool with waterfall feature. 'Spa Indulge'* with open-air treatment cabanas, sun deck and splash pool. Fitness centre. Non-motorised water sports: Hobie cats, kayaks, paddle boarding and snorkelling. Bicycles. Tennis and table tennis. New yoga pavilion. Croquet lawn. Weekly cooking demo. Nature lovers will enjoy the garden tours (Tuesdays) to learn about the fresh grown herbs and spices onsite. On-site Diamonds international shop.

Boutique*. Complimentary WiFi available in public areas. Internet room. Library. Cabana rooms can be booked for use on your day of departure. Rooms offer a great place to store your bags and you have access to shower facilities before the flight home. The cost is $35 for 3 hours.

This hotel has a resort fee of USD $24 including tax per room, per night, (payable locally, subject to change). Please note: a room levy of USD $5 per guest, per night (payable locally, subject to change).

Wheelchair adapted rooms with partially accessible amenities or facilities available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

7 nights between 21 Dec-2 Jan.

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: this hotel is adults-only - children under 16 years are not permitted at any time.

Dress code: breakfast/lunch: shoes must be worn at all times and bathing suits must be covered and dry. Dinner: men are required to wear collared shirts with long trousers or stylish jeans. T-shirts, shorts, caprise and ripped jeans are not accepted. Women are asked to wear dresses, skirts, long trousers or stylish tailored shorts or jeans. No short shorts, tank tops or beach flip-flops are allowed.

For all guests in June, July and August: dress shorts can be worn (no short shorts or cutoffs). Standard dress code applies for Ismays.

Please note: guests are required to present a valid form of ID (passport, driving license, ID card) along with a valid credit card at check-in. A USD$350 pre-authorisation will be processed on the credit card at check-in to cover for any incidental purchases or similar expenses. Incidental purchases may include tours, excursions, gift shop purchases or dining in the speciality restaurant. We understand that not all guests incur additional charges during their stay, but this process assists the resort with fraud prevention. Upon check-out, the pre-authorisation is released, assuming there are no charges made.

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Apr 16, 2024 Bob C

We stayed at Galley Bay, in a deluxe oceanfront room from late March until early April. I loved that every 2 chairs and palapa had a plaque with our room number on it. No need to get up at dawn to secure a seat. Also, plenty of seats in the bar and around the pool. The room and bathroom has been updated since last year. Love the HUGE new… Read more
We stayed at Galley Bay, in a deluxe oceanfront room from late March until early April. I loved that every 2 chairs and palapa had a plaque with our room number on it. No need to get up at dawn to secure a seat. Also, plenty of seats in the bar and around the pool. The room and bathroom has been updated since last year. Love the HUGE new shower. The mini bar was filled daily with water, beer and soda. The room was cleaned daily with a great attention to detail and was always shining and fresh smelling. The staff is welcoming with great smiles and a good morning. We loved the ladies at the small grill near the pool, food was always tasty and the menu changed every day. Food was absolutely wonderful, and it was a pleasure to talk to the chef to tell him so. Don't miss the Thursday lunch bar-b-que. A huge variety of sides and a whole suckling pig. The desserts were great. Ismay's was well worth the extra charge. Service and food were amazing.. My favorite was Gaugin. You need reservations for 1 of 2 seating's but no upcharge. Each table was in its own Palapa. Very romantic and the service and food were wonderful An extra thank you to the lady at the gift shop. I went in looking for a jar of instant coffee because we only had an espresso machine in our room. She said I'll take care of that, made 1 phone call and we had a Mr. Coffee machine in our room that afternoon. Everyone there goes above and beyond to make your stay wonderful. We'll be back next year. Read less
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Apr 16, 2024 Weswee Ontario

This was our second visit to Antigua and our first to Galley Bay. We were impressed - everything was excellent with a few minor exceptions. We chose one of the Gauguin Suites which are closer to the lagoon than the ocean. However, the main facilities and the ocean were only about a 2 minute walk from our little cottage. The king bed was… Read more
This was our second visit to Antigua and our first to Galley Bay. We were impressed - everything was excellent with a few minor exceptions. We chose one of the Gauguin Suites which are closer to the lagoon than the ocean. However, the main facilities and the ocean were only about a 2 minute walk from our little cottage. The king bed was extremely comfortable and I loved that the windows had shutters we could close at night to make the room very dark. There was a sitting area, sink with a bar fridge stocked daily with wine, pop, beer and water. The bathroom was spacious. The maid replaced the towels every day. The food ranged from very good to outstanding. We ate at the Seagrape and the Gaugin. We occasionally went to the Barefoot cafe for snacks (particularly ice cream - delicious!). We never tried the Grill. We also never ate at the Ismay as we did not feel it was fair to have to pay an extra $50 U.S. when we were already spending a lot of money to stay here. The resort is very quiet which appealed to us. Most of the clientele were our age (60s and 70s). People seem to keep to themselves. There was not a lot of interaction among guests like at other resorts we have been to. The only organized activity is a morning yoga class which we did not do. There is a gym as well as a walking trail around the lagoon . We used both every day. It is possible to walk the beach but the sand is very soft, it is often quite windy and there is a huge shore break. The grounds are kept immaculate. They even rake the beach every day. We loved visiting the tortoise sanctuary. There are also many varieties of birds flying about. Behind the resort, there is a huge fruit and vegetable garden. One day while walking the trail, we met David, one of the gardeners. He gave us a very informative tour and gave me a lovely ripe mango. I took it to breakfast the following morning and the kitchen staff sliced it up for us. The service was generally excellent. We reported that the water in the sink in our bathroom was draining very slowly. It was fixed promptly. The staff in the restaurants were generally friendly and helpful. Sometimes we had to wait a bit for our meals but we didn't mind - we were on vacation after all. Most of the staff are friendly and smile and say hello. However, we did run across a few who were obviously just going through the motions of being friendly. There were also a couple who did not even make an effort to be friendly. There were several very minor annoyances during our stay. I had intended to have several massages while I was there but ended up just having one as I was not happy with the massage therapist I had. The spa receptionist was very friendly and made me feel welcome. However, the young massage therapist barely spoke to me and acted as if she was bored. Also she had long nails which dug into my skin a few times. All in all, my massage was a disappointing experience. On one of the calm days (green flag), I went to the water sports area intending to take out a SUP. When I asked, I was told to come back at 9:30. I said 'it is now 9:55' at which point another employee said 'well can you come back at 11 when the supervisor is here'!!!! I felt as though I was being fluffed off and did not bother returning. My husband and I often ordered the fish of the day as it was always fresh and tasty. However, on 3 separate occasions, instead of marlin or catfish which was listed on the menu, we got a bland rather dry tuna steak. Another time, my husband ordered a hamburger for lunch . Instead, he got a hot dog. Could the wait staff not inform the guests that what they have ordered is unavailable and would they like to choose something else from the menu? All in all, we had an enjoyable, relaxing week and, despite the minor complaints, would definitely return. Read less
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Apr 13, 2024 BrianandNaomi Toronto

We returned for the 12th time for a week in early April. We’ve been going there off and on since 2005. The property was as beautiful as ever, and the lovely ladies at reception honoured our room request for a room in a specific block. Anya was particularly helpful acknowledging my numerous emails and providing prompt responses. The food was… Read more
We returned for the 12th time for a week in early April. We’ve been going there off and on since 2005. The property was as beautiful as ever, and the lovely ladies at reception honoured our room request for a room in a specific block. Anya was particularly helpful acknowledging my numerous emails and providing prompt responses. The food was top shelf - we dined at Ismay’s 3 times. We also enjoyed dining at Barefoot Grill, Seagrape and Gauguin (although the service at Gauguin is spotty so we opted to only have one dinner there). Shout outs to Alfred, Natasha, Althea, Caryl, Tarukh, Elaine, Ive, Amanda, Mike and Aliah for their beautiful smiles and friendly service. Housekeeping was also on point. Thank you! The guys at water sports (Shilo, Tafaria and Romario) are really nice. We were extremely disappointed that under new management, water sports doesn’t open until around 10:30am. This isn’t customer centric and the hours should be re-visited. The gym is great and well equipped. Yoga with Mackenzie was fun but it’s not really all levels. It’s really geared for beginners. We also went out with Captain Shawn for a half day and as usual, enjoyed the experience. It was a relaxing week and we will go back for a 13th visit in the future. Read less
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Apr 7, 2024 amandamartin99 London, United Kingdom

This is quite simply the best place we have ever been to. All of the staff without exception were friendly, attentive and efficient and couldn’t do enough for you. The rooms were amazing, the restaurants/food outstanding and we have already rebooked for next year. The only thing I will say is if you want to be guaranteed a swim in the sea every… Read more
This is quite simply the best place we have ever been to. All of the staff without exception were friendly, attentive and efficient and couldn’t do enough for you. The rooms were amazing, the restaurants/food outstanding and we have already rebooked for next year. The only thing I will say is if you want to be guaranteed a swim in the sea every day, it can be a little rough at times but it really didn’t bother us. All in all a very high quality resort and we can’t wait to return in February! Read less
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Mar 31, 2024 Mike J

Just returned from 12 great nights at Galley Bay. Been before, but many years ago, so a lot of additions, improvements and investment since then. The whole place is relaxing, totally enjoyable and with a stunning beach and views. The food and drinks are top quality, with premium brand spirits, a good wine selection and an excellent menu choice in… Read more
Just returned from 12 great nights at Galley Bay. Been before, but many years ago, so a lot of additions, improvements and investment since then. The whole place is relaxing, totally enjoyable and with a stunning beach and views. The food and drinks are top quality, with premium brand spirits, a good wine selection and an excellent menu choice in all restaurants. Our room was very well serviced every day by lovely housekeeping staff and the minibar restocked daily with whatever drinks we requested. The Teepee bar is a great place to socialise and chat to other guests, with your glass constantly topped up by Caryl and her colleagues! The restaurants and kitchen staff do a fabulous job and all meals are freshly cooked to a high standard. The only buffet- style food is the weekly lunchtime barbecue and the breakfast items, but at breakfast there is also a menu of freshly cooked dishes. The grounds and garden areas are immaculate, with a team of gardeners constantly working every day. They even rake and clean the beach. There are plenty of pathways to have a stroll and watch the birds, the little reptiles and see the tortoise sanctaury. Entertainment is provided every evening and depending on ones taste in music, there are some really good musicians. The steel drum guys were brilliant, as was the Saturday evening band with the great cricketer Curtly Ambrose on bass guitar. As stated by many other reviews, what excels at Galley Bay and makes the whole place such a holiday delight are the staff. They are so friendly and efficient and obviously well-trained and mentored, which is a reflection of the high standard of management here. They are given every opportunity to fulfill their potential and many have risen from trainees to senior managers over the years. It would be very unfair to single out certain staff over others, but we were hugely impressed with Stuart in the Seagrape restaurant, Caryl at the Teepee bar, Derrick the Operations Manager, Vincent the Food and Beverage Manager and my new Antiguan friend Nathaniel, the Executive Chef. What a great group of people, with excellent staff reporting to them. Finally, a huge thanks to General Manager Antoine, who's obviously backed by a great team. Please hold on to them! It was probably the best holiday we've had, anywhere and we're already planning our next trip back in 12 months time. Read less